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Reader Wright CLARKE

(1812-1872)

CLARKE, Reader Wright, a Representative from Ohio; born in Bethel, Ohio, May 18, 1812; learned the art of printing; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1836 and commenced practice in Batavia, Ohio; published a Whig paper in Shawneetown, Ill., for a few years; returned to Batavia, Ohio; member of the State house of representatives 1840-1842; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1844; clerk of the court of Clermont County 1846-1852; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); third auditor of the Treasury from March 26, 1869, to March 26, 1870; appointed collector of internal revenue in Ohio; died in Batavia, Clermont County, Ohio, May 23, 1872; interment in Union Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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